Higher educational institutions; memorandum of understanding and policies. (SB981)

Introduced By

Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington) with support from co-patron Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Institutions of higher education; sexual assault; memorandum of understanding and policies. Requires the governing board of each public or private institution of higher education to (i) establish a written memorandum of understanding with a local sexual assault crisis center or other victim support service and (ii) adopt policies that require the institution to offer to refer the sexual assault victim to the sexual assault crisis center, encourage victims to take steps to preserve physical evidence, provide clear guidance on linking victims to other community resources, provide options for victims who do not want to make an official report to make an anonymous report, and provide amnesty for victims who fear their conduct may also be questioned or who are concerned that an official report might jeopardize their academic status. Read the Bill »


01/26/2015: Merged into SB712


01/11/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101757D
01/11/2015Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/20/2015Assigned Education sub: Higher Education
01/26/2015Incorporated by Education and Health (SB712-Black) (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB1329.